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    New here, just picked up a new old saw to me and thought a forum such as this would be a great place to begin learning. The saw is an older (haven't verified but I'm guessin' about ten years old) 20" variable speed Craftsman & stand. Thank god for crack heads I guess 'cuz I bought it from a guy with some kind of drug problem that had inherited it, along with a bunch of other nice old tools and equipment, and he had just left the stuff sitting in a trailer for the last year. I got him to throw it in at the last minute as part of a deal on a Mini Max bandsaw for $200, so I feel like I got the scroll saw for free.

    Both saws had clean strong motors but tables that were pretty crusty with surface rust. I've had good success in the past cleaning this kind of stuff up and it proved so again. I spray all of the bare metal parts with Boeshield and let it soak in overnight, then soak rags with WD-40 and wipe it all down before working on it with abrasive pads and then a final wipe down with the Boeshield again. I pulled everything apart and cleaned all of the parts up, gave them a wipe with the light oil and re-assembled.

    So I am now the proud owner of a nice new lookin', strong runnin' saw that I have no real idea of what I want to do with it, or how for that matter. I'm semi-retarded,...er retired, and have a small pretty well equipped shop on our back 40 where I hide to help perpetuate my marriage. I recently acquired a small CNC carving machine that I'm also learning about, and I was looking toward being able to use the two to compliment each others capabilities.

    Now...if I can just figure out which freakin' blades to buy I can start makin' a mess. ; )

    I moved your thread to a more appropriate forum to maximize traffic and get you more responses to your post.
    Last edited by wood-n-things; 12-11-2011, 12:23 AM.
    Ron Paul

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    Now...if I can just figure out which freakin' blades to buy I can start makin' a mess. ; )
    Blades are readily available in a wide variety of types, sizes, tooth configurations and manufacturers. Probably the two most popular are Flying Dutchman and Olson blades. Any standard scrollsaw blade will work in the Delta.

    Links to the blade suppliers can be found over in the left margin of this page, under Scroll Saw Resources > Retailers. Most folks will tell you that Mike's Workshop is the best place for the Flying Dutchman blades and Sloan's Woodshop is a good source for Olson blades. Call either one of them and you will talk to a real person who can give you first hand advice on their blades and their service is excellent.


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      Thanks for the warm welcome, nice to be here. Appreciate the referral as well. What little that I have bought already (Olson blades and some sanding strips) I had purchased from Klingspor, mainly 'cuz I buy a lot of my abrasives there. No complaints, but it's nice to know of places with that kind of tool specific back ground. Also thanks for the saw I.D. Like I said, I'm just gettin' my feet wet with the new to me saw.

      I have a couple of request projects that I'm thinking of trying to use the saw for... couple of small boxes and a set of shallow, wall hung, miniature figure display cases. The boxes aren't too complex, but I'm still designing the display cases and have to work out a method of lighting each shelf. The miniatures to be displayed are a fantasy game player's collection, so for starters I was thinkin' of some scroll worked corners and trim, but I'm just getting started with the noodling process on those.
      Off to read some more...
      Ron Paul

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      • #4
        Welcome to the site. A good place to get advice, help, tip, and patterns. Enjoy, and be sure to post pics of your projects.

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